Build Baton Rouge CEO to depart from agency

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Build Baton Rouge CEO Christopher Tyson
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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Build Baton Rouge Board of Commissioners has announced the departure of its CEO after four years of service.

CEO Christopher Tyson will be returning to his professorship at LSU Law Center in January 2022, according to Build Baton Rouge officials. Chief Operating Officer Tara Titone will become the Interim CEO in January.

“In just four years Chris grew our agency into a 21st century vehicle for equitable and transformative community development. We’re proud of all that has been accomplished and the foundation that has been established. We are committed to continuing this vision and working with the many partners who have invested in our success,” said Rodney Braxton, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. 

Tyson led Build Baton Rouge to expand and improve, including a restatement of its mission and focus, according to a news release. He has also been a leader in launching initiatives that have been recognized in local and national media.

The agency said under Tyson’s leadership it has established local, national and international partnerships. Local partnerships included the $50 million Bus Rapid Transit project, the development of the Plank Road Masterplan and its many projects, the $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant for the Ardendale development, the $5 million JP Morgan Chase Advancing Cities award, the creation of a North Baton Rouge-focused small business loan fund, and the establishment of Baton Rouge’s first Community Land Trust.

Build Baton Rouge said they have acquired and/or cleared title to over 20 acres of vacant and blighted urban property ahead of redevelopment plans that are currently underway. The agency said it has administered over $20 million in HUD Community Development grants through its partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Community Development.

“I made a commitment to bring real opportunity to North Baton Rouge and all of our city’s disinvested neighborhoods. I invested in Build Baton Rouge to drive that commitment forward, and the return on that investment is incomparable. Chris has been a trusted advisor and a dynamic leader. We will see the fruits of his labor for years to come and I am forever grateful for his service,” said Mayor Broome. 

The agency’s partnership with Mayor Broome’s office has accomplished repairs to over 200 homes.

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